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Nigerian news: House of Reps. opposes cremation of Nigerians in China

 THE House of Representatives, has declared its opposition to the planned cremation of about 30 corpses of Nigerians in China.

The House said the proposed exercise was due to negligence from the Nigerian Embassy and wickedness of Chinese officials.

The House gave the warning, even as it challenged the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to make public, the percentage of Chinese nationals residing in the country, including statistics of those with valid papers.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joe Keshi, on Monday, said 732 Nigerians were currently in detention in Chinese prisons for various offences.

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who gave the warning in a press statement, urged the Federal Government to rise to the occasion rather than make veiled statements.

Honourable Dabiri-Erewa berated the Foreign Affairs Ministry for not taking proactive steps in redressing the plight of those detained in China.

She argued that even if the affected Nigerians were criminals, they deserved to be treated fairly.

The lawmaker expressed sadness that the Nigerian Embassy in China had failed the country, accusing it of not taking proper care of its citizens in that country.

She noted that Chinese nationals without valid papers living in Nigeria were adequately covered by their embassy.

She, therefore, called on the ministry and the NIS to make public, the number of Chinese national living in Nigeria.

Speaking on the issue of cremation, Honourable Dabiri-Erewa condemned the practice whereby corpses of Nigerians who died in detention in China were cremated on flimsy excuse that their families could not be traced.

 

Source: Tribune